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Thursday, October 07, 2004
That liberal media: One of the toughest things for copy editors is writing the one column headline. Long words don't work, and, depending on the number of lines, you can only use a few short words.

This is not one of those situations.


Republicans Glad to Lose on Bill to Start New Draft


What does a barely informed teenager take away from just reading the Los Angeles Times headline? Yes, it's a confusing headline. It doesn't really tell you much.

The headline gives the impression that Republicans had a bill to start a new draft, but lost, and are happy about it.

That impression is appropriately wrong. As informed people already know, the only ones pushing a draft are a couple of Democrats, and even they are not very serious about that.

In fact, you've got to get to the 16th paragraph before you find out that it was a Democrat who was the one sponsoring the draft bill in the first place.

It's an exceedingly horrible headline that appears to be written only to conflate "Republicans" and "Start New Draft." The Los Angeles Times owes its readers an apology.

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I hate the Dog Trainer as much as the next guy, but frankly, this headline doesn't bother me. Authorship aside, Congressmen don't normally push to bring up a bill for a vote unless they want that bill to pass. Rangel didn't want this bill to be voted on, the Repubs did, for the sole purpose of watching it go down in flames. In that sense, they were glad indeed to "lose," and good on 'em for it.
 
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